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Language, Learning, & Development Lab. Department of Psychology. Oklahoma State University

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For parents and families:

In our lab, we conduct research aimed at understanding how young children grow and development. We are always looking for parents and children who are interested in participating in our studies.


If you are interested in participating in a current study, or joining our mailing list for future studies, contact us through the Contact tab above, via facebook (@LLDlab), or email LanguageLearningDevelopment@okstate.edu. We are now starting to recruit for our Fall 2019 study on word learning and categorization - contact us if you are interested!

What does participation include?

Most of studies require a one-time visit to our lab on the Oklahoma State University campus. The visit typically lasts 1-2 hours and can be scheduled at your convenience for days, evenings, or weekends. During the visit, your child will interact with the research assistant in a series of child-friendly activities. You will also complete some paperwork about yourself and your child.

Who will I be working with?

All of our studies are run by trained research assistants that have substantial experience with children. All research assistants are directly supervised by Dr. Kucker.

Can I stay with my child the entire time?

Yes, our studies are designed to be flexible to accommodate both parents and children. There is plenty of space in our lab for both you and your child.

What if I have other children? Can siblings come along?

Yes, we can arrange for a research assistant to babysit the sibling in our waiting room during the study. Infant siblings are welcome to come into the experiment room with you if you prefer as long as they are not a distraction to your child who is participating in the study.

What do I get for participating?

After participating, your child will receive a small prize (e.g. a story book) and we will provide you with informal feedback about your child's performance compared to other children his/her age. Depending on the study, we may also offer monetary compensation (e.g. $20).

Is there anything else I should know?

All of our projects are approved by the Internal Review Board at Oklahoma State University. This means that our projects have been reviewed by a panel of faculty members and deemed to be ethical, scientifically beneficial, appropriate for the population (children), and meets a high scientific standard. The projects are all also directly supervised by Dr. Sarah Kucker, a faculty member in psychology with over a decade of experience in research and child development.

Where can I get more information about child development?

There are a lot of great references online, as well as some not so great. Our lab is working to put together a great list for you in the coming months. In the meantime, the references below are an excellent start. The first is an article on language development from a recent parenting magazine, written by a lab colleague trained in the science of child development. The second is a button that links to the Birth to Three program and information on screen-time for children specifically. The third is a webpage from Boys Town National Research Hospital aimed to increase awareness about language delays and Developmental Language Disorder in particular, which is more prevalent than autism.

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